Forgotten Crankbaits For Fall Bass

When every one else is throwing squarebill crankbaits and ultra deep divers you can catch a ton of fish on mid-sized cranks. They work in a variety of conditions that other cranks don't and virtually no one throws them. Give them a try this Fall and you might be surprised how many bass you can catch!

What is a mid-sized crankbait? Most have a short, rounded bill and wider body. The baits are typically designed to reach depths of 7-12 feet and come equipped with size 6 trebles. They "match the hatch" with a variety of baitfish nationwide and are bit much more readily than larger deep diving crankbaits.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in, gear we use, and the upgraded hardware that we use when finesse cranking these mid-sized baits.

Crankbaits…

Normal Deep Baby N: http://bit.ly/2O9CAcu

Spro Rock Crawler: http://bit.ly/2NFPA5t

Teckel Drunker: http://bit.ly/2xryClV

Strike King 3XD: http://bit.ly/2oSMj8s

Fat Free Shad 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2yCzALZ

Bomber 5A: http://bit.ly/2q0EdvL

Bomber 4A: http://bit.ly/2ykz2ey

Jackall Jaco: http://bit.ly/2pTgZaN

Megabass Deep X 150: http://bit.ly/2rWA1zt

Upgraded Hardware...

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 2: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- IMX Pro 843 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' Med/Heavy Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Reel- Daiwa CR 80: http://bit.ly/2Cgk5Nh

Line- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Best Gear For Fishing A New Lake

How Do you pack for a lake you've never been to? What gear are you going to need? How much tackle should you carry? How much is too much? Do you need anything special? Today Tim answers all these questions by taking you along for a tour of the gear he packed for his trip to Michigan.

Preparing for "anything" that a new lake can throw your way is very challenging. If you specifically select baits that have multiple uses it is much easier to be prepared for varying conditions. From clean water to murky, from a topwater bite to ledge fishing, you can get away with less tackle than you might expect.

Below is a break down of all the gear Tim took to Michigan to chase Smallmouth on lakes he'd never seen before. They're broken into Finesse/Spinning Gear and Reaction/Casting Gear.

Finesse...

Dropshot #1- Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

Dropshot #2- Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR

Dropshot #3- Roboworm 6" Worm: http://bit.ly/2asZyH3

Ned Rig- Z Man TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Ned Rig Head- Z Man LockZ HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Neko Rig- Kut Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

Neko Rig- Tungsten Nail Weight: http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW

Finesse Tube: Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

Swimbait- Keitech 2.8": http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Swimbait- 1/8 oz Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Spy Bait - Duo Realis Spinbait 80: http://bit.ly/2uziBeM

Hair Jig- Feider Fly: http://bit.ly/2G7TBwj

Yamamoto 5" Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Crankbait/Spoon...

Megabass Deep Six: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Jackall TN-70 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

Damiki Vault Blade: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Norman Deep Little N: http://bit.ly/2acSLUd

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

Swimbaits...

Swimbait- Keitech 4.3 Fat: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Swimbait- 6" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2xRdCFP

Swimbait- S Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Topwater...

Bubble Popper: http://bit.ly/2yxP2ZQ

Rio Rico: http://bit.ly/2RGNx4x

Reaction Innovations Vixen: http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

River2Sea Rover: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

River2Sea Bubble Walker: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Whopper Plopper: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Evergreen Shower Blows: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Rod/Reel Combos...

Drop Shot - NRX 822 DSR - http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Hair Jig / Spybait - Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spin Rod 7'6" ML - http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

All purpose spinning - NRX 852S JWR - http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Deep Crank Setup

IMX Pro Crank Rod 7'6" Med Hvy 906 CBR - http://bit.ly/2FQj6CZ

Shimano Chronarch 150 MGL - http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

15lb Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line - http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX

Swimbait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR - http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Shimano Metanium - http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Glide Bait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR - http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Shimano Curado 200K - http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

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Giant Midwest Bass Eat Swimbaits Too!

Tim traveled 2500 miles to throw swimbaits and topwater for BIG bass in the Midwest and it worked! The big Michigan Smallmouth fell victim to the the swimbait just like their cousins out West. Time after time we're reminded that a bass is a bass, no matter where they swim.

We get asked over and over again if our techniques will work in a particular state or on a particular lake. Anglers constantly overlook the simple truth that all bass are inherently the same. They live in different environments but their feeding activity, movements, behavior, etc... are all identical.

Swimbaits work from coast to coast. Topwater, finesse, reaction, etc... will catch bass EVERYWHERE when the conditions are right. In today's video Tim gives a detailed step-by-step look at a day on the water in Northern Michigan as he breaks down the lake, locates the giant bass, and uses a handful of key baits to consistently put them in the boat.

Below is a breakdown of the gear he used to accomplish this feat:

Baits...

S-Waver 168 Swimbait (Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone): http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR

Vixen Modifications...

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire #3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Front Hooks- Owner ST-36 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Rear Treble- Owner Feather Treble Size 4: http://bit.ly/2dJH8V6

Sunglasses For Clear Water/Cloudy Skies (Copper Lenses): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ulterra: http://bit.ly/2PoYlTd

S Waver Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Line- Sunline XPlasma 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2OR5i2j

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Vixen Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- Sufix 832 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Fall Bass Fishing: How To Catch Bass On Spoons

Spoon fishing is easy! Its one of the oldest fishing techniques but most anglers don't have any idea how to fish spoons for bass. The trick to getting bit on a spoon is in the details. From line material to colors, to drop speed, the subtle changes are the difference between catching and wasting time.

As the cool nights set in, the jigging spoon bite is the best it will be all year. Don't be afraid to head out to deeper water in search of schooling fish. If you can find bass around baitfish you've got the recipe for quick success.

We use a variety of spoons to catch the bass. Matching the size of the baitfish can be very important so don't be afraid to change sizes, even switching to a tail spinner or underpin when the bite slows. But if you need a place to start, the 1 3/4 oz Blade Runner is the most consistent producer amongst our spoons.

Below is a breakdown of our gear:

Spoons...

BladeRunner 1 3/4 oz Duh Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

BladeRunner 1 1/4 oz Duh Spoon: http://bit.ly/2zXfwGa

Nichols Lake Fork Flutter Spoon: http://bit.ly/2ICAGKL

Tail Spinners...

Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

Matt's Spoon Setup...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Tim's Tail Spinner Setup...

Rod- 13 Fishing Muse 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

Reel- 13 Origin TX: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej

Line- 15 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Budget Friendly Spoon Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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